Excision (2012)

This film had such an utterly profound effect on both Keeper and I….absolute perfection….See it, NOW if you haven’t….if you have…watch it, AGAIN!

Crimson Quill’s Appraisal #315

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Number of Views: One
Release Date: January 21, 2012 (Sundance)
Sub-Genre: Cult Film
Country of Origin: United States
Running Time: 81 minutes
Director: Richard Bates, Jr.
Producer: Dylan Hale Lewis
Screenplay: Richard Bates, Jr.
Special Effects: Cris Alex, Stephen Imhoff
Cinematography: Itay Gross
Score: Steve Damstra II, Mads Heldtberg
Editing: Yvonne Valdez, Steve Ansell
Studio: BXR Productions
Distributor: Anchor Bay Films
Stars: AnnaLynne McCord, Traci Lords, Ariel Winter, Roger Bart, Jeremy Sumpter, Malcolm McDowell, Matthew Gray Gubler, Marlee Matlin, Ray Wise, John Waters, Matthew Fahey, Sidney Franklin, Molly McCook, Natalie Dreyfuss, Cole Bernstein, Emily Bicks, Brennan Bailey

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The Pacific OceanWaterflower

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I’ve been a student of film for well over thirty years and it takes a lot to leave me flabbergasted. During that time I have watched a great deal of movies, been underwhelmed by my fair share of so-called classics and pleasantly…

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Who The Hell Is Adam Ginsberg?

A brilliant man, a wondrously creative soul, a man I am proud to call my acquaintance! If you don’t know of him, you’ll soon wish you had….Keeper on Adam….MUST READ!


Title image touched by AnnThraxx, original photo by Clix Couture Photography

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Something wicked this way comes. Familiar words Grueheads? They’ve never been more true than right now. As you will be aware, there is nothing that pleases Keeper more than to champion talent and paying it forward is my favorite pastime. Recently I happened across a short film by the name of Alone. At a running time of around two minutes, I wasn’t expecting a great deal. After all, how much can be achieved within such a slender time frame right? Directed by a film-maker we will be hearing a lot about in the next couple of years, Jeremiah Kipp and photographed quite beautifully by gifted cinematographer Andrea Urbinati, it was infinitely more accomplished than most shorts and those two diminutive minutes turned out to be hugely inspirational. For as much as it looked…

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Bones in a Tub

From Scarlet’s Sanctum on RiverofGrue.com


Suggested Audio Bath Salts:

Samuel BarberAdagio for Strings

Table for One Jack Vettriano

I feel so peaceful at this exact moment in time. I’ve just devoured our favorite meal, London broil, marinated with a zesty peppercorn sauce and cooked to utter perfection.  Surrounded by a sense of fulfillment as I slowly become one with my recliner, I am briefly startled by the chime of the clock.  Lost for but for a solitary second, my grin widens with the realization that this juncture has come, yet again.  That magical hour which breaks up the monotony and allows my soul to simply, breathe.  We all have our own personal little escapes from life now and again, don’t we?

As I mentally run down my to-do list in preparation, I am meticulous in my planning.  Everything down to the most minute of details, must be absolutely perfect, so that I may receive maximum enjoyment.


I begin gathering…

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Nine Inch NailsMarch of The Pigs


“So this is it then?”

“I guess so”

“Seven years and you’re really going to throw away everything we have had together on account of me making one mistake?”

“One mistake? You really are deluded aren’t you?”

“Evidently so as I can’t see what I did to you that’s so Godawful”

“And that is why I want you out”

“Why? Because I was honest with you?”

“No Niall. Not because you had an epiphany and decided to come clean. It’s the fact that you saw fit to cheat on me in the first place that irks me most”

“It was a drunken kiss”

“And that makes it alright does it?”

“Of course not. You don’t think I feel like shit?”

“That’s my only consolation”

“I told you, it lasted all of five seconds and I stopped things before they went…

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Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)

Crimson Quill’s Appraisal #278

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Number of Views: Three
Release Date: September 29, 1995
Sub-Genre: Slasher
Country of Origin: United States
Budget: $5,000,000
Box Office: $15,116,634
Running time: 88 minutes, 96 minutes (Producer’s Cut)
Director: Joe Chappelle
Screenplay: Daniel Farrands
Characters: John Carpenter, Debra Hill
Producers: Moustapha Akkad, Malek Akkad, Paul Freeman
Special Effects: David Barrett, John Carl Buechler, Brad Hardin
Score: Alan Howarth
Cinematography: Billy Dickson
Editing: Randolph K. Bricker
Studios: Dimension Films, Nightfall Productions
Distributor: Miramax Films
Stars: Donald Pleasence, Paul Rudd, Marianne Hagan, Mitchell Ryan, Kim Darby, Bradford English, Keith Bogart, Mariah O’Brien, Leo Geter, J.C. Brandy, Devin Gardner, Susan Swift, George P. Wilbur, Janice Knickrehm, Alan Echeverria, Hildur Ruriks

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Alan HowarthJamie’s Escape


I’ve always rooted for the underdog. Maybe I’m a sucker for a hard luck story or, more likely, a sucker for punishment. I was the one guy applauding come the end…

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Halloween: The Witching Hour

Like Tom Adkins? You’ll LOVE This! Keeper Kicks off the Halloween Season with, The Witching Hour. Incredible Dark Fiction, Satirical Black Comedy!

Halloween: The Witching Hour


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John Carpenter & Alan Howarth Halloween III Theme


Saturday, October 23 had started out like any other Saturday night at Haddonfield General. The usual eclectic mix of drunks, time-wasters and ominous domestic injuries. Last week a man was admitted with a loafer lodged in his rectum. Despite his insistence that it was just an innocent slip while lathering, we both knew the truth. Since when does that daily rubdown extend to giving your small intestine the old ‘wax on, wax off’? The obligatory x-ray was more akin to carving open Jaws to discern his daily intake. An old boot, rolled up copy of Mad Magazine and the obligatory license plate all shared residency with his internal organs and there was to be no digging himself out of that particular hole. I gave him some creme and sent him packing, then watched as he…

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Night Cap

A Must Read by Keeper… Dark Fiction/Black Comedy

Night Cap


Suggested Audio Candies:

Chet BakerMy Funny Valentine 


She’s looking over here. That’s the third time I’ve caught her glancing and, unless my radar is woefully off-kilter, I could swear that she just gave me a smile. A quick glance behind me confirms that I’m the only person left at the bar, no chance I’m imagining this. Ordinarily the concept of advancing would be one not worth entertaining as I’m painfully shy and hopeless at introductions. However, I don’t need a degree in rocket science to deduce that this girl is really into me, her body language states as much. I’m hardly The Gosling but admittedly I do scrub up rather well considering I’m now on the opposing side of forty. In addition, I am dressed to impress tonight, clean shaven and clad in my best attire for the occasion. The occasion in question is a three-hour long…

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